hypnotism

[ hip-nuh-tiz-uh m ]
/ ˈhɪp nəˌtɪz əm /

noun

the science dealing with the induction of hypnosis.
the act of hypnotizing.

Nearby words

  1. hypnosis,
  2. hypnotherapist,
  3. hypnotherapy,
  4. hypnotic,
  5. hypnotise,
  6. hypnotist,
  7. hypnotize,
  8. hypo,
  9. hypo-,
  10. hypoacidity

Origin of hypnotism

shortening of neuro-hypnotism, term introduced by British surgeon James Braid (1795–1860) in 1842; see hypnotic, -ism

Related formshyp·no·tist, nounhyp·no·tis·tic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for hypnotism

hypnotism

/ (ˈhɪpnəˌtɪzəm) /

noun

the scientific study and practice of hypnosis
the process of inducing hypnosis
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Word Origin and History for hypnotism

hypnotism

n.

1843, short for neuro-hypnotism (1842), coined by Dr. James Braid of Manchester, England, from hypnotic + -ism. In the same work (1843) Braid coined the verb hypnotize.

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Medicine definitions for hypnotism

hypnotism

[ hĭpnə-tĭz′əm ]

n.

The theory or practice of inducing hypnosis.
The act of inducing hypnosis.
Related formshypno•tist n.


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